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Virginia Environmental Endowment funds two William & Mary initiatives

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    Environmental funding
    Randy Chambers, director of William & Mary’s Keck Environmental Field Laboratory, takes the bow seat in a canoe. The Keck Lab, along with the law school’s Virginia Coastal Policy Clinic, received grants in the latest round of funding from the Virginia Environmental Endowment.
    Photo by Joseph McClain

Two environmental initiatives at William & Mary received funding in the latest round of grants from the Virginia Environmental Endowment (VEE).

The William & Mary projects were among VEE awards totaling nearly $300,000 to protect and improve the state’s natural resources and environment.

“The endowment is honored to partner with so many outstanding organizations focused on tangible water quality improvements, the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay, sustainable land use and conservation, and environmental education across Virginia’s diverse landscape,” said Joseph H. Maroon, VEE executive director, in a May 20 news release. “The quality of our environment impacts every citizen throughout the Commonwealth.”

Maroon also noted that the latest grant round involved the largest number of applications since 1999

The William & Mary recipients are:

•  W.M. Keck Environmental Field Lab: Support for research to examine the extent to which variation in nutrient pollution loads and sediment discharges are related to different types of land uses and best practices ($13,842).

•  Virginia Coastal Policy Clinic at the School of Law: Support for the clinic’s work to improve the Commonwealth's response to recurrent flooding by assisting localities and the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation in their compliance with new federal flood insurance rules, as well as support for the Clinic’s second conference focusing on flooding and coastal change for state and local leaders ($30,000).